Dietlind Vander Schaaf

The Summoning World III, 2022
Encaustic, Oil, and 23 Karat Gold Leaf on Panel
24 x 24 in
$2,800
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This painting was inspired by an essay in Upstream by Mary Oliver: “But there is, also, the summoning world, the admirable energies of the world, better than anger, better than bitterness and, because more interesting, more alleviating. And there is the thing that one does, the needle one plies, the work, and within that work a chance to take thoughts that are hot and formless and to place them slowly and with meticulous effort into some shapely heat-retaining form, even as the gods, or nature, or the soundless wheels of time have made forms all across the soft, curved universe - that is to say, having chosen to claim my life, I have made for myself, out of work and love, a handsome life.”